Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen, has questioned Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor’s monthly salary, saying it is too huge.
Akonnor, 45, pockets $25,000 as a monthly salary after signing a two-year deal with the Ghana Football Association [GFA] in January this year.
But according to Obiri Boahen, Akonnor’s remuneration is huge and has called for its reduction, taking into account how little investors of the game earn and he (CK) receives.
“CK Akonnor’s salary is very huge. The $25,000 is too much. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have money but I feel it’s a big money. Even the total amount of salaries received by players of Asante Kotoko or Hearts may not be up to the $25, 000,” Boahen told Kumasi based Hello FM.
“Sometimes we should consider those running clubs in Ghana. How much does Agama of Bechem United and Nana Kwame of Berekum Chelsea get from their respective clubs every month? We need to be very fair; looking at where we are coming from.
The lawyer continued, “Honestly speaking that money is a big money. We need people who are bold. We must be bold to call a spade a spade. Why are we even quoting his salary in dollars since we are told not to trade in the country in that currency?
“I think they are not being fair to us at all. A good number of people running football in Ghana are suffering, you can ask Grusah. I’m saying that even the likes of Kwame Kyei who have money will tell you how difficult it is to run the football here.
The deputy scribe also questioned why the Sports Ministry pays Akonnor in hard currency contrary to the laws of the land.
“It’s against the law to pay CK Akonnor in dollars, and secondly when you convert that $25,000 its big money and a good number of coaches will take that money,” he said.
Akonnor will lead the Black Stars for the first time to play Mali and Qatar in an international friendly match in Turkey.
The former Asante Kotoko and Dreams FC gaffer is assisted by David Duncan.